Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life (14th Edition)

Published by Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
ISBN 10: 1305073959
ISBN 13: 978-1-30507-395-1

Chapter 39 - Self-Quiz - Page 705: 11


b. microvilli

Work Step by Step

Atop each brush border cell sit about 1,700 hairlike projections called microvilli. Each microvillus increases the surface area of the brush border cell on which it sits. These filaments have digestive enzymes at their surfaces that break down polypeptides, sugars, and nucleotides; they also contain transport proteins that move the products of digestion into the microvilli.
Update this answer!

You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this answer.

Update this answer

After you claim an answer you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.